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Darien Woman Victimized After ‘Confirming’ Account Info to Caller Who Says He’s From Her Bank

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A Shields Lane resident received a call from a man who said he was from her bank and asked her to confirm some account information. That led to money being drained from her account with numerous purchases from Apple Stores in the Washington, D.C. area, police said. The woman told police on Friday morning, May 25 that she had past problems in with her bank, and assumed the man was calling because of that. She saw the Apple Store purchases on her bank statement.


Police: Woman, 43, Arrested After Striking a Person in the Face in a Domestic Incident

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A 43-year-old Darien woman had been issued a protective order forbidding her from assaulting a particular person, but she did anyway, in a domestic incident, Darien police said. Police gave this account of what happened:

The woman, according to the victim, arrived unannounced at a home in Darien sometime before 11:18 p.m., Tuesday, May 25 (when police were called). After about an hour, an argument took place, and at some point the woman struck the victim in the face with a closed fist. Police later saw that the victim had a visible injury on the victim’s nose. Police arrested the woman, charging her with violation of a protective order and third-degree assault.

The woman was held on a $50,000 bond until she was taken the following morning to state Superior Court in Stamford.

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Police: DUI Charge for Man, 36, After His Vehicle Strikes a Parked Car

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It’s not good for you when a police officer sees you driving erratically downtown. It’s worse when the officer sees you driving with a flat right front tire. It gets even worse when the officer sees your vehicle hit a parked car. And you’re truly in a difficult spot when the officer smells alcohol on your breath. All that is what a police officer reported seeing on the Post Road near Center Street at 10:28 p.m., Monday, May 24.

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Two Severely Injured in One-Vehicle Dump Truck Accident on Hollow Tree Ridge Road

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Blotter Date/Time 05/19/2021 2117hrs Location Hollow Tree Ridge Rd. / Allwood Rd. Both the driver and a passenger in a six-wheeled dump truck were severely injured when the truck appeared to have left the roadway at a sharp turn on Hollow Tree Ridge Road near Allwood Road, police said. The accident occurred shortly before 9:17 p.m., on Wednesday, May 19, when it was reported to police. Both injured people were treated at the scene by paramedics from Darien Emergency Services-Post 53 and taken to Stamford Hospital.

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Police Department to Mark 40th Anniversary of Officer Kenneth E. Bateman’s Death in the Line of Duty

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On Memorial Day and the night before, Darien Police Department will hold a ceremony marking the death of a man in uniform, Darien Officer Kenneth E. Bateman Jr., shot and killed when he went to the scene of a burglary. “To solemnly remember the 40th anniversary of Officer Bateman’s death, the Darien Police Department will post and illuminate 40 candles in front of the Darien Police Department building commencing at sunset on Sunday, May 30, 2021,” Police Chief Donald Anderson said in a statement released Monday morning. “The candles will burn throughout the night into May 31, 2021 in honor of Officer Bateman and will be extinguished at noon on Memorial Day, when both the Connecticut and United States flags are again returned to full staff per the United States Flag Code and by Presidential proclamation.” Bateman was killed by one of the burglars robbing Duchess, Anderson said. “Although this heinous crime remains unsolved, many Darien officers and investigators, now over several generations, have diligently continued and furthered the investigation into his murder.

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Here Are Some Streets Where Eversource is Trimming, Cutting Down Trees in Darien in May and June

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Eversource is trimming and removing trees in Darien this month and in June as part of its ongoing work to reduce power outages during storms, and the utility has released a list of some streets where the tree work will take place. “In Darien, we’re doing tree work along some 60 miles of town roads this year, with crews from Lewis Tree Service doing the bulk of the work now through June,” a utility spokesman said. “Along with trimming, 111 hazardous trees are scheduled to be removed.” Schedule
Some of the work began earlier this month in the area of Tokeneke Road, Old Farm and Searles roads, Cliff Avenue and Raymond Street, a utility spokesman said. Here’s the rest of the schedule (all of the work is weather permitting, and schedules could change):

Late May:

Area includes Boston Post Road, Hollow Tree Ridge Road, Rings End Road, Noroton Avenue and Nearwater Lane

Early June: 

Boston Post Road, Old Kings Highway and Locust Hill Road
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Here’s Eversource’s description of why the tree work is taking place and information on the utility’s tree program:

“As you know, Tropical Storm Isaias caused massive damage to the state, with thousands of trees being damaged or destroyed.

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Check Mailed from Darien Post Office Mailbox Stolen and Cashed by Thief

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A thief somehow got ahold of a check from an envelope put in a mailbox at Darien Post Office, then cashed it with a name the victim isn’t familiar with, Darien police said. The check was mailed on Jan. 20, but on April 2, the business where the check was directed contacted the victim to say that no payment had been received. The victim checked the bank account, which showed the check had been cashed on Jan. 26 — but after it was endorsed by a stranger.